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Last week, I talked about the Top Ten Don’ts of the Disney Dining Plan. Now, I’ll discuss the Top Ten Do’s of the Dining Plan. I can name at least a hundred , but I will just limit it to ten. Just to refresh, the dining plan is a prepaid meal service that Disney offers, sometimes even for free. There are different tiers to the plan. You can read about them in previous posts.
Now on to the Top Ten:
- Do try to get your money’s worth, especially with quick service and snacks. For quick service meals, try to get the most expensive item on the menu. With snacks, try to get the most value for your money. The upper price range for snacks is usually $5-$6, which is a better value than a $2-$3 Mickey bar.
- Do look for a variety of places to eat. There are hundreds of places to eat at Walt Disney World. You could try a different place every day and still not repeat, unless you want to.
- Do look for a variety of Quick Service restaurants. You are not limited to hamburgers and chicken nuggets. You have a whole world of delicacies to eat. You can try French food at Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, or a shwarma platter in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot.
- Do look for value in table service restaurants. You want to look for an average adult entree costing between $20-$25 at a plated restaurant. Also, take advantage of buffets. Boma is a good non-character buffet.
- Do take advantage of Character meals. They will save you time and are a good value for a credit, except for Cinderella’s Royal Table. This one would be better served paying out of pocket for.
- Do try a Signature restaurant at one of the Deluxe resorts. They do cost two table service credits, but are well worth it.
- Do eat at resort restaurants. It is a way to visit a different resort and try out their menus.
- Do have fun. Using the dining plan takes the worry out of budgeting for food.
- Do make ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations), especially for popular restaurants.
- And lastly, DO take advantage of the Free Dining promotions whenever they are offered.
Now, it’s your turn.
What are your Top Tips for the Disney Dining Plan?
Have you ever wished to visit Walt Disney World for the holidays? It is the most beautiful time of the year.
In October, the parks are decorated for Halloween with characters decked out in costumes and pumpkins galore. There is red, orange and gold foliage everywhere you look and also Halloween themed baked goods and merchandise.
This is also the time for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, which is a fun time in itself. You get to dress up as your favorite character and go trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom. There is also a special parade, the Boo to You Parade and a marvelous firework display, HalloWishes.
Also in Epcot, the International Food and Wine Festival is happening, which is full of different and unique items to indulge and imbibe. It is in the World Showcase, where there will be booths from different countries offering snacks and beverages specific to that country.
In November and December, the seasons change to Christmastime. The parks are filled with Christmas decorations and huge Christmas trees. There are many events and attractions that should not be missed.
The Magic Kingdom has the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which offers special meet and greets, like with Santa and Santa Goofy. There is also a special parade and fireworks, and, best of all, experience it snowing on Main Street. Also, Cinderella’s castle is decorated for Christmas. Now that is a beautiful sight.
Epcot has Storytellers from Around the World. You can see how different countries celebrate Christmas. Also, the most popular event at Epcot is the Candlelight Processional, which is the retelling for the first Christmas story.
Hollywood Studios has an awesome light show called the Osborne Spectacle of Lights. It is a huge display of Christmas lights set up along the Streets of America. What is spectacular about it is that every ten minutes the lights come alive and “dance” to the music along with snow falling.
Another fun holiday diversion is to visit the Deluxe resorts to see the wonderful edible displays and gigantic Christmas trees. You could see a gingerbread and chocolate carousel at the Beach Club and a giant Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian.
Another amazing thing is that Walt Disney World is offering Free Dining for certain dates from arrivals on September 29th to December 22nd. For more information and a free quote, visit my webpage.
On to my continuing series on the Disney Dining Plan. We have already gone over the basics of the Disney Dining Plan. Now I would like to talk about the Top Ten Don’ts of the Dining Plan.
The Top Ten Don’t of the Dining Plan
- Don’t use snack credits for bottled water. You can get a free cup of water at any Quick Service restaurant. It is a Disney rule and a Florida Law.
- Don’t use the Table Service credits for inexpensive meals, like lunch at the Plaza Restaurant.
- Don’t leave any credits unused. You paid for the credits, you should use them all.
- Don’t wait to book your ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations). The more popular ones, like Chef Mickey’s, Ohana and Be Our Guest, fill up quickly.
- Don’t waste your credits on snacks that you can easily get at home.
- Don’t waste your Quick Service credits on breakfast.
- Don’t order a QS meal if you are not going to eat it. Many meals can be split, so you can save the credits for another day.
- Don’t order desserts if you do not want it, especially at table service restaurants. The extra money increases your tip. Also, don’t feel you have to get a dessert with your QS meal. You can ask for bottled water or a bottled juice instead.
- Don’t overindulge. You do not want to feel horrible during your trip because you ate too much.
- And lastly, Don’t forget to get the FREE Dining Special Offer for the Fall.
Today’s Takeaway: Use the dining plan wisely and make those reservations early.
Now it is your turn. What are your Top Ten Don’ts of the Dining plan?
My little Buz is going to be two years old tomorrow and is already a Disney Parks veteran. He has been to Walt Disney World more times than most people. He has been there three times. Mickey, Donald and Pooh loved him when he was only three months old. He was scared of them when he was one and I hope that he will love them again this year.
Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of Free Dining at the Walt Disney World resort.
You have added the dining plan to your trip and now you have loads of snack credits and want to “spend” them wisely. I have some tips for you. As a lover of Disney snacks and Disney food in general, I have had my share of snacks, good and bad.
Here are some of my favorite snacks and why they are worth the credit.
- Cupcakes- These are not your average cupcakes. These are massive, enough to
split cupcakes. My favorite cupcakes are the ones from Starring Rolls in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially the Butterfinger cupcake.
2. A Dole Whip Float – It is a pineapple explosion. If you do not want to get the float, I would head over to the Polynesian Resort and get one at Captain Cook’s Quick Service, where you can serve your own.
3. Ice cream cookie sandwich- This snack is two snacks in one. You get two fresh baked cookies with two scoops of ice cream smooshed between. You can get these at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Scoops in Hollywood Studios.
4. Pretzels- These are great portable snacks. There are “mickey-shaped” pretzels, jalepeno cheese stuffed pretzels and cream cheese pretzels. You can also get a sweet pretzels with or without almonds at Kringla Og Bakery at the Norway pavilion in Epcot.
5. Various snacks and treats from the World Showcase pavilion in Epcot. From salted caramels and school bread to kaki gori and the American Dream, each pavilion has something unique and very delicious for a snack credit.
Honorable Mention: You can also use snack credits for a cup of soup or chili, egg rolls and other non-dessert related snacks. Most items around $5 are usually a snack credit.
Most snacks are labeled with a purple and white Disney Dining Plan symbol. Make sure to check with a cast member if the snack does not have the Disney Dining Plan symbol.
Today’s Takeaway: Make sure to check with a cast member to see if your snack may be on the Disney Dining Plan if it is not.
What is your favorite Disney snack?